Issue Date: 2017 JUNE, Posted On: 6/4/2017

06042017 Dwell on Design, Bed Bath & Beyond and Cloth & Company Partner in Competition for Emerging Designers

Cloth & Company founders Christiane Lemieux and Meganne Wecker have partnered with Bed, Bath & Beyond and the Dwell on Design show in L.A. on a textile-to-furniture design competition.

LOS ANGELES -- The Dwell on Design show here is spotlighting designer Christiane Lemieux as a featured speaker and exhibitor, and is partnering with her new venture Cloth & Company and retailer Bed Bath & Beyond on a textile-to-furniture design competition.

The final winner will be announced onsite at the fair, which runs June 23-25 at the L.A. Convention Center. Lemieux, who founded and then sold the upscale DwellStudio to Wayfair in August 2013, was named Wayfair executive creative director in January 2014. She left Wayfair in the fall of 2015 to pursue her own new business opportunities.

Design entrepreneur Christiane Lemieux will speak and exhibit at Dwell on Design.

Targeting emerging designers, the digital design competition offers contestants the opportunity to submit textile designs to be considered for production by Cloth & Company.

The selected top five finalists will have a prototype chair produced and exhibited in the Cloth & Company booth #2107 at Dwell on Design from June 23-25. The final winner will have their design produced into a line of five to six furniture pieces to be sold through Bed Bath & Beyond. The winner will also receive between 5-8 percent in sales on their furniture line.

Designers can submit two to three digital designs that can be applied to various furniture styles here. The deadline for submission is June 9, 2017.

"We are excited to partner with Cloth & Company to present their vision for modern design and furniture production. This design contest is a unique way to offer the design community an opportunity to participate in a high-tech and innovative process that embraces the concept of manufacturing disruption. We are excited to see the contest entries, the results, and have the finalists and the winner featured at Dwell on Design 2017," said Dana Teague, vice president, Informa Global Exhibitions | Dwell on Design.

Lemieux has partnered with fourth-generation furniture company executive, Meganne Wecker, to create Cloth & Company, a customer-curated furniture brand. Wecker is the president and chief creative officer of her family's Chicago-based wholesale furniture manufacturing company, Skyline Furniture.

Using 3-D modeling and digital printing technology, Cloth & Company produces custom designed pieces including upholstered seating and window treatments that ship within six days of purchase. With quick turnarounds and virtually limitless design possibilities, Cloth & Company is innovating the ways in which retailers can create and manufacture furniture. Currently they offer collections for several retail partners and have a collaboration program which recently launched highly publicized collaborations with Oh Joy!, Apartment Therapy, and now Dwell on Design.

Inspecting a printed fabric, Meganne Wecker (left) and Christiane Lemieux of Cloth & Company have introduced fast fashion to the home category with custom upholstered pieces and window treatments shipped within six days of purchase.

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